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Upgrades, can my MOBO handle it?

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January 29, 2013 9:26:54 PM

Hi all!

TLDR: Can my MOBO handle the GPU?

I came to this forum years ago to make my first comp from scratch, got tons of help, loved it, and she worked great. That was years ago. It's time for an upgrade.

Current specs:
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-920
CPU cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler

RAM: OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible

Looking to buy one:
GIGABYTE GV-N66TWF2-2GD GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Possible future buys:
A new i7 CPU
an SSD to hold my OS and maybe WoW
mechanical keyboard

Current computer use:
College programming (eclipse, dreamweaver), World of Warcraft, dual monitor plus TV hooked up via HDMI for movies

I'm 95% sure my current MOBO and PSU can handle the graphics card. Haven't checked into a CPU chip upgrade yet. I was suggested the 660 ti over the normal 660 because it should last me a lil longer for only a lil more money. Any other suggestions would be great!

I've also unparked all 8 cores in the current i7 I run if that matters at all when choosing a new GPU.

Thanks everyone!

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a c 81 V Motherboard
January 29, 2013 9:41:26 PM

Yes, you have a good psu with more amps than required for the 660 ti, also that motherboard supports the card, it has a pcie 2.0 16x slot, all that matters.
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January 29, 2013 10:15:12 PM

Would you be able to tell me in lamen's terms the difference between all the different 660 ti types?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
January 29, 2013 10:19:23 PM

All are good ones, some has the stock cooler, blower style, other with dual fan cooling system, i prefer dual fan which is better, allowing lower temperatures.
There's also the brands, some offer better custom support, like the evga.
The gigabyte 660 ti windforce is a good 660 ti.
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January 30, 2013 2:44:29 AM

Sweet! So it's basically brand name and bells and whistles past the "660 ti." I'm going to order the one on my original post then.

Thanks for your help djangoringo! I'll probably be back in a few months asking about CPU upgrades or (if I get this job interview) a liquid cooling system. =)
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a c 81 V Motherboard
January 30, 2013 3:03:22 AM

Yes, the gigabyte 660 ti is a good choice, for the cpu upgrades, there will be the release of the haswell cpus for a new socket lga 1150 and the ivybridge-e cpus for the lga 2011 for this year, probably somewhere around the summer time.
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January 30, 2013 1:10:33 PM

Best answer selected by maxx1327.
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